Tunisia: Stability and Reform in the Modern Maghreb

Tunisia: Stability and Reform in the Modern Maghreb

by Christopher Alexander
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415483301

ISBN-13: 9780415483308

Pub. Date: 04/27/2010

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

This book gives a concise yet comprehensive overview of Tunisia’s political and economic development from the mid-nineteenth century to the present. Written specifically for a non-specialist audience, the book examines the factors that make Tunisia one of the Arab world’s most stable and prosperous countries and one of its hardiest authoritarian orders.

Overview

This book gives a concise yet comprehensive overview of Tunisia’s political and economic development from the mid-nineteenth century to the present. Written specifically for a non-specialist audience, the book examines the factors that make Tunisia one of the Arab world’s most stable and prosperous countries and one of its hardiest authoritarian orders. The author explores these themes in a way that sheds light on the political dynamics of the broader Arabic-speaking, Muslim world.

Christopher Alexander draws on extensive primary and secondary research and on comparison with other countries in the region to provide the most up-to-date introduction to Tunisia's post-independence politics. Challenging the notion that Tunisia’s stability is rooted in a unique political culture, he argues that Tunisia’s stability reflects the pragmatic interests of a wide range of actors and the skillful maneuvering of the country’s two presidents. Concisely written chapters cover topics such as:

  • state formation
  • domestic politics
  • economic development
  • foreign relations
  • colonialism

An essential inclusion on courses on Middle Eastern politics, African politics, and political science in general, this accessible introduction to Tunisia will also be of interest to anyone wishing to learn more about this significant region.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415483308
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
04/27/2010
Series:
Contemporary Middle East Series
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
0.62(w) x 0.92(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. State-Building and Independence in Tunisia 2. Authoritarianism and Stability in Tunisian Politics 3. Stability, Reform, and Development in Tunisia’s Economy 4. Tunisia and the World 5. Stability, Reform, and Tunisia’s Future

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